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RHS Botany for Gardeners: The Art and Science of Gardening Explained & Explored [Hardcover]

Geoff Hodge
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Book Description

7 Oct 2013 Rhs

'Clever... valuable introduction to the study of plant science.' - Gardeners Illustrated

RHS Botany for Gardeners is more than just a useful reference book on the science of botany and the language of horticulture - it is a practical, hands-on guide that will help gardeners understand how plants grow, what affects their performance, and how to get better results.

Illustrated throughout with beautiful botanical prints and simple diagrams, RHS Botany for Gardeners provides easy-to-understand explanations of over 3,000 botanical words and terms, and show how these can be applied to everyday gardening practice. For easy navigation, the book is divided into thematic chapters covering everything from Plant Pests, and further subdivided into useful headings such as 'Seed Sowing' and 'Pruning'. 'Botany in Action' boxes provide instantly accessible practical tips and advice, and feature spreads profile the remarkable individuals who collected, studied and illustrated the plants that we grow today.

Aided by this book, gardeners will unlock the wealth of information that lies within the intriguing world of botanical science - and their gardens will thrive as a result. This is the perfect gift for any gardener.

Contents Includes...

The Plant kingdom

Growth, Form and Function

Inner Workings


The Beginning of Life

External Factors


Botany and the Senses

Pest, Diseases and Disorders

Botanists and Botanical Illustration

... And Much More!

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (7 Oct 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1845338332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845338336
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 17.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the publisher of the bestselling RHS Latin for Gardeners, RHS Botany for Gardeners is an accessible, informative and beautifully illustrated guide to the mysteries of botanical terms and the science of plants.

About the Author

Since being inspired by some of the world's leading botanists whilst studying Plant Science at the University of Edinburgh, Simon Maughan has spent the last twenty-five years furthering his knowledge and developing a love of practical gardening and plants. He was employed in 1995 to work on the RHS A-Z of Garden Plants and to date has worked on many dozens of gardening books covering all aspects of the subject from species rhododendrons to garden design, and everything in between. He has worked as an editor and publisher for the RHS for twelve years, and this is the first opportunity he has had to work on a book on botany.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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At age 11, I chose which secondary school to go to, based on the simple question of which schools in the area included botany O-level in their curriculum. There was only one, so that was where I went. Unfortunately, they withdrew the subject before I got to study it. I wasn't pleased. However, I did do biology, which included some botany. And since then, my interest in botany has not waned. I do plenty of gardening, including growing fruit and vegetables. I also do voluntary conservation work, including coppicing, hedge laying, re-planting etc.

Based on that background, it's fair to say that this is a book that should interest me. And, I'm happy to say that it does. It's a great book, that I wish had been available when I did my O level biology etc. The diagrams and artwork are great, the explanations of the science are very well done - at a level that provides good explanation but without going too deep into the science. The range of subjects covered is excellent too.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile botany lessons for gardeners 15 Dec 2013
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The author of RHS Botany for Gardeners is Geoff Hodge, who is a freelance gardening and horticultural writer based in the UK. The book is highly attractive, beautifully produced, printed on quality papers with botanical type watercolour paintings and illustrations on almost every page. As the illustrations are artistic, beautiful rather than photographic, they do not always reveal sufficient detail about the plants as one would sometimes wish. The book is well organized and intelligently edited into 9 chapters: The Plant Kingdom - Growth, Form and Function - Inner Workings - Reproduction - The Beginning of Life - External Factors - Pruning - Botany and the Senses - Pests, Diseases and Disorders. There is an Index as well as a Bibliography. Royalties from the sale of the book go to support the work of the RHS.

The aim of the book is to provide gardeners with sufficient botanical knowledge to help them understand more completely how plants grow, flourish, and reproduce, as well as understanding the factors, internal and external, which affect their well being. The inference is that a more knowledgeable and better informed gardener should be able to achieve better results. The text is always botanically scientific, but written at a level comprehensible to most educated people, and any specialist botanical words introduced are always adequately explained first. The book is practical rather than cerebral and only those principles of botany are discussed which would be of natural and practical interest to gardeners.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully-Illustrated and Informative. 2 Dec 2013
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This is the kind of book that is a joy to own as a physical object. It has a sturdy hard cover which is embossed in gold and has an integral silk place marker - it exudes quality and style. In these days of eBooks, Kindles etc. - this kind of book reminds you why the real thing will never cease to be a pleasure.

Every page has wonderful, painted illustrations in full colour and there are numerous helpful diagrams, as well as photographs of botanists. (I have added a photo to the customer images at the top of this page showing a typical example of the contents.) The size is slightly smaller than A4, but the book feels substantial and there are over 200 pages, packed with information - everything you would want to know about plants and how they work.

The RHS name guarantees quality and the rigourous nature of the science - but the tone is never patronising, while giving clear and useful explanations of botanical terms and horticulture. It's the kind of book that you dip into, rather than read cover-to-cover and anyone with an interest in gardening or growing plants will find some sections useful, to provide definitive answers.

There is a huge amount of information here, but the visual style and organisation make it a pleasure to dip into. The Contents are split into nine chapters with further subdivisions, outlined at the beginning - there is also a comprehensive index of terms at the back - so it's easy to find whatever you want.

Overall a book that the RHS can be proud of and a definitive reference work, that is also enjoyable to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and educational
Beautiful but badly structured, like a rambling but interesting garden. Note that it is for gardeners, not terribly practical for students.
Published 11 hours ago by the antiquary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful book
Published 26 days ago by john h.brennan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book for the gardener.
A good reference book.
Published 1 month ago by christine
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and beautifully presented. Only 4 stars as some of...
Very informative and beautifully presented. Only 4 stars as some of the print is very small and against the coloured pages makes it difficult to read.
Published 1 month ago by A. Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Grey's Anatomy for Gardeners
Reference books can be dull, boring, dry and totally devoid of character. This book has none of these attributes, and is in fact a joy to dip in and out of, particularly if you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Roche
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book
A must have for all garden lovers, if not buying it for yourself it would make a fabulous gift for someone. Would highly recommend
Published 3 months ago by Bev
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for gardeners and horticulturalists.
As a horticulture student, I found this book an essential read. Beautiful illustrations and a wealth of knowledge make it a must have for anybody interested in plants and botany.
Published 4 months ago by ayresr3
5.0 out of 5 stars The scientific basis of gardening
I saw this book in a local shop and decided to buy it after browsing through it. I know abit about gardening but rather little on the science behind it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrew N
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice for the coffee table
From the outward appearances a lovely book, but for readability it doesn't compare with Brian Capon's delightful "Botany for Gardeners, 3rd Edition," which I highly... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marie F. Busco
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The author, a freelance journalist, has pieced together an impressive number of botanical facts but fails to emotionally engage the reader in the wonders of plant life. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Martha Brooks
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